Wanted Cameras & Music artist for help for a day at Teenage Cancer Unit
Jun 25, 2017 | By: Jenny Potter Photography
Teenage Cancer Trust and my local treatment unit.
By Jenny Potter Photography
Anyone that has spent time with a family member or friend who has just been told they have cancer will realise how tough it is every day trying to be brave, put on a smile when you have just been told your world is crumbling around you. You are scared, you have no idea what the treatment will involve, what it will do to you, your friends, your family, your body. You do not know the outcome. You are faced with a very uncertain future. Imagine what it is like to be a teenager and to be told that you have Cancer. I have for a number of years wanted to help the Teenage Cancer Trust due to a few personal reasons and seeing friends fight the cancer battle. The treatment centre in Cardiff is the only one in Wales. Here is an email explaining all the details of the treatment unit. With the help of The Red Hot Chili Peppers who signed a number of my photos I have taken of them over the last 3 tours these photos are being auctioned off to raise money for 3 charities and one of the charities is Teenage Cancer Trust. There is a ball later in the year where a number of my signed photos are being auctioned off to raise money for the unit. Before this event I want to spend time on the treatment unit with the teenagers and do something special for a day. In order for me to do this I need to have a camera company or companies donate a number of cameras that we can use for the day so the teenagers having cancer treatment can take photos. I also would love a very famous music artist or music artists to donate a few hours of their time to visit the treatment unit and have their photo taken by the teenagers. It will be a private visit with just me as the official photographer. The main aim of the day is to surprise the teenagers, give them hope, have them have a fun day and not think too much about Cancer and show that people care. My aim too is to ask companies like cinema companies, record, companies, health and beauty, magazine companies to donate anything that can be put in goody bags that I can give all teenagers that are having treatment. I aim to do a day at the unit in either July or August date is being finalised or if possible two days. Any company or music artists that can help me with this much appreciated. I am donating my time and services free of charge and I am asking for one day if all those involved can also do the same. Hope you can help x Jenny
If you can help me contact me via my contact page on my website, via my twitter page or phone me see contact page for details
Email below giving more details.
Teenage Cancer Trust. I met up with the Teenage Cancer Trust a few years ago before my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Expressing an interest to help the unit in Cardiff which is the only unit in Wales. Here are details about the Cardiff unit from an email from the fundraising manager:-
It was lovely to speak to you. Thank you so much for your kind and generous offers of support.
As I mentioned during our chat our unit in Cardiff (the only one in the whole of Wales) actually supporter teenagers and young adults aged 13 – 24 during their cancer experience.
The unit in Cardiff consists of an inpatients and our patient’s area. (See above pictures) The unit in Cardiff was the first one to offer this. We have 8 beds in the unit which are full at the moment as well as this we see a great number of young people for their check-ups, treatments, therapies and transplants.
Every year in Wales 175 young people hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to improves the lives of these young people before, during and after their cancer experience.
We fund 2 specialist posts on each of our unit who work alongside a dedicated team of NHS staff to deliver our service here in Wales. Anna Davies, our Youth Support Coordinator works to support the emotional and well-being of the young people we support buy encouraging peer to peer support, 121 sessions, group activities, social tips and treats – even pizza nights (both on and off the unit).
Mary Harness is our Lead Nurse on the Cardiff Unit – Teenage Cancer Trust specialist nurses are there to make sure they receive the best care and support once they’ve been diagnosed with cancer. They’ve been specially trained to understand what it’s like to have cancer when you’re young, and will be there alongside them when they’re receiving your cancer treatment.
Ways that you can help could be to come and show some of your photos to the unit and tell them all about your experiences working with huge bands like the Chilli Peppers. If you are able to arrange tickets to gigs etc. they would love this as well.